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The Kansas Court of Appeals vacated the defendant’s conviction for drug-related offenses, and the case was remanded when the trial court improperly admitted evidence that was the result of an illegal search warrant. The application of the search warrant was without any factual basis for the search of the defendant’s home, and a reasonable officer should have easily noted the defect. The Court held that the good-faith exception did not apply because “no law enforcement officer conversant in basic search and seizure requirements could entertain an objective, good-faith conclusion that the affidavit presented even the faintest glimmer of probable cause to search [defendant’s] residence.”